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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 2, 2011 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Commemorating Dylan & the Dead -- Worst Ohio Show? Probably.

07-02-86 - The Rubber Bowl, University of Akron, Akron, Oh.

1: Alabama> Greatest, TLEO, Rooster*, Don't Think Twice*> Baby Blue*, Candyman, Me & My Uncle> Mexicali> Don't Ease
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, Playin> Desolation Row**> Drumz> Truckin> Black Peter> Sugar Magnolia E: Box Of Rain
*with Bob Dylan; **without Jerry; only "Don't Think Twice" - Dylan, Petty & The Heartbreakers opened


Bob Dylan’s first onstage appearance with the GD came in the somewhat less-than-auspicious Akron Rubber Bowl. True the band had lit up backwater venues before, but it was just not meant to be in Akron. There is no single thing that killed this show. Partly it was because Dylan’s appearances with the Dead were generally bad, partly because it was the first of these collaborations, and partly because he sounds drunk. But part of the problem was certainly that Jerry’s health was on the brink – he would slip into a diabetic coma a little more than a week later. Still, there are a few nuggets here if you don’t mind skipping around.

For the first time ever, Bob Dylan gets on stage with the Dead for a few numbers and quickly renders the music nearly unlistenable. Things just get worse and worse until Jerry finally steps in on the vocals for Baby Blue. Imagine Jerry’s vocals sounding like a breath of fresh air on this of all nights. Yes, Dylan was that bad at the Rubber Bowl. Everything after that sounds great by comparison. Standard first set songs played well.

China> Rider starts things out nicely, with a brisk pace and lots of nice noodling from Jerry to keep it together. Playin also gets fair treatment. Nothing insane, but a nice jam. finally Jerry just up and leaves the stage during Desolation Row. What a night. Desolation turns out to be pretty good, even sans Jerry. Post-space Truckin is brief and uninspired, with some wild Bobby wailing, and Peter is also sub-par, with a lot of missed harmonies. Jerry sounds beat. Bob coughs up a lyric on Sugar Mag (or was he laughing?), but they end it with a push. Bob captures the worn-out spirit with a throaty refrain to end it. Box of Rain makes it official. Worst Dead show in Ohio? Probably some competition from ’94 in that department.